The final push for me to begin brewing was given to me by my Windsor friends. I was mindlessly scrolling through Facebook when I came across my friends status saying he had 150 bottles for sale. I jumped at the bait and began the process of accumulating the other equipment I needed.
I was shocked about how easy it was and how little you needed to start brewing. Too me, it seemed glamorous... a land full of shiny stainless steel pots, fermentors, and small gadgets that would take forever to figure out. As you can imagine, I was pretty thrilled when I realized you didn't need all the fancy equipment. All you really need was a large stock pot, carboy, grain bag, siphoning tubes, bottles and time. (A lot of time! My first batch of beer took me over 6 hours to brew!) Of course as you progress as a brewer your brewing needs change, but to start you don't need that much. I guess this is why home brewing is becoming so popular nowadays; people all over are realizing how simple and enjoyable this hobby is. BUT be forewarned you will want to get more equipment as you grow because there is equipment designed to reduce your brew time and to make better more consistent beer.
Anyways I wanted to show the equipment I'm currently using. Here's a picture of what I'm currently using. If you've been thinking about starting to home brew get in touch with me, I'd be more than willing to help!
32 Litre Stock Pot - You're going to need a large pot. Most home brewers do 5 gallon batches so you need something that will hold at least that much. $80.00-$120.00
Wort Chiller - This piece of equipment is a time saver! If you don't want to wait around for a few hours as your beer cool's then you'll want this! $50.00-$100.00
Carboy - Standard fermenter, you can find them used all the time I got mine for $15.00.
Carboy Brush - You need to keep your brew equipment clean! I think I bought mine for $8.00
Cooler (turned into mashtun) - I haven't made all the modifications to this yet but when I do, it will have cost me $45.00. You only nee this for all grain brews. If you start with Extract, you have no need for this item.
Funnel - Makes life easier transferring the wort to the fermenter and from the fermenter to bottling bucket.
iator Bottle Rinser - You have to clean those bottles some how. $20.00
Bottles - these can be expensive if you buy them new. ($3.00-$4.00) You can find them cheap on kijiji, or if you like German beer, just go to the beer store or LCBO and buy beer with flip top bottles and use those. ($2.40-$3.00) So you can either pay for new bottles or you can buy the bottles with beer in them already... Think about it. You'll need 40 to start. $96.00-$160.00
Bottling Wand - You'll need this. Trust me. $4.00
Bottling Bucket - You're going to need a way to get the beer into those bottles. This has a spigot that you hook your bottling wand onto. $20.00